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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 5-83] 
                                  48 FR 10726 
                                 March 14, 1983 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Newport, Vermont; Application and Public Hearing

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Orleans County Development Corporation (OCDC), a Vermont non-profit development corporation, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Newport, Vermont, adjacent to the Derby Line Customs port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on March 7, 1983. The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 111, Title 9, Vermont Statutes Annotated.

The proposed foreign-trade zone covers 16 acres within the 22-acre Newport Industrial Park on Prouty Drive in Newport. OCDC owns the property and has plans to construct a 10,000 square foot building for general-purpose zone use. Open space is available for prospective users to construct their own facilities. The Northeastern Vermont Development Association, a regional planning commission, has been designated to market and operate the zone project.

The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the northeast Vermont area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using the zone for warehousing, distribution, manipulation, and manufacture. The products involved at the outset will be cosmetics, sports apparel, and cutting tools. Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this time, requests to be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The committee consists of: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 100 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110; and Colonel Walter M. Smith, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New York, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10278.

As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public hearing on April 7, 1983, beginning at 2:00 p.m., in the Council Room of the Municipal Building, 2nd Floor, Newport, Vermont. The purpose of the hearing is to help inform interested persons about the proposal, to provide an opportunity for their expression of views, and to obtain information useful to the examiners.

Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. They should notify the Board's Executive Secretary of their desire to be heard in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by April 1, 1983. Instead of an oral presentation, written statements may be submitted in accordance with the Board's regulations to the examiners committee, care of the Executive Secretary, at any time from the date of this notice through May 7, 1983. Evidence submitted during the post-hearing period is not desired unless it is clearly shown that the matter is new and material and that there are good reasons why it could not be presented at the hearing. A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Port Director's Office, U.S. Customs Service, Interstate 91, P.O. Box 476, Derby Line, Vermont 05830

Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 14th and Constitution, NW., Washington, D.C. 20230

Dated: March 8, 1983.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 83-6478 Filed 3-11-83; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-25-M